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Sorry I left ya’ll hangin’ there for a bit. I’ve been super-duper busy with book rewrites, but I’m half way through the program and I really love it. But, let me be honest and tell you I haven’t lost any weight. I have lost an inch in my hips and a half-inch in my waist, but the scale hasn’t budged yet. That doesn’t really surprise me, my body isn’t exactly jarred by exercise and clean eating. Still, I think I’m going to launch right into a second round of the fix once this round is finished. I even bought the “extreme” pack for when the workouts become too easy—which I imagine will happen fairly soon.

So, let me give you my impressions thus far. So far the only thing I would change about the program is that there’s no rest day in the exercise program. There’s an active recovery DVD, which is a yoga DVD, but no complete day off. I think everyone should have one day a week to just chill on the couch sans spandex. But I do like that the yoga DVD is only 30 minutes (all the DVDs are only 30-minutes) because I really don’t vibe with yoga but always feel guilty about not doing it. I can do 30-minutes, and last week it did really help alleviate some of my soreness.

I really like the DVDs, I like that they’re short and simple. Even in crazy writing mode I can still find a half-hour to fit in a workout, and I don’t have to feel guilty about not making it to the gym. Speaking of the gym, I am still taking my favorite spin classes in addition to the DVDs—just a disclaimer. The DVDs basically cover your entire body, with a few of days of cardio/cardio-weights hybrid, a couple of days of targeted strength work, and yoga and Pilates. If you’re a hardcore gym rat you might find some of the exercises pretty rudimentary, but if you’re a beginner or intermediate exerciser then you’ll be challenged.

Honestly, though, the thing I’m digging the most is those silly, gimmicky color-coded cups. It’s basically Portion Control for Dummies. I love that I don’t have to count calories or macros. I’m eating a lot of food, and I think that might be one of the reasons I’m not seeing a change on the scale, since my calorie range is 1500-1800, and my normal eating habits are usually around 1400. I’m going to stick with it though, because if I can see a shift in my measurements without cutting calories too much, I’m all for that.

So far, I am really happy with this purchase. I still have 11-days to go. I’ll keep you posted.

Oh, and if you are interested in the program let me know. I signed up as a coach with Beachbody, mainly so I can get my own stuff at a discount, but I can dig up the best prices for you. I originally bought the program on Amazon and it was WAY more expensive than the manufacturer (so now I feel silly). I’m all for spreading the love and bargain shopping. You can email me at kim@thekimchallenge.com and I’ll send you whatever promotions they’re offering right now and you can comparison shop.

Here’s a peak at what I’ve been eating this week. I’ve been meal planning and portioning ahead of time, but I think next week I’ll prepare my food and leave it in big batches so that I can see what the servings look like on a plate, instead of my homemade TV Dinners. 

Shakeology: This is Beachbody's meal replacement drink. I called it a protein shake to begin with, but then got yelled at, it's got a lot of superfoods in it, and seems very healthy based on the label. It only has 17 grams of protein, which is lower than my normal protein shake, but it's low in calories and fat and has a decent amount of fiber in addition to the minerals and superfood additives. The taste is pretty good as well. No artificial sweetener taste, and no chalky after taste. I've been making mine with 16 oz of iced coffee, 1 frozen banana, 3 ice cubes, and 2 tsp of peanut butter each morning.

Shakeology: This is Beachbody’s meal replacement drink. I called it a protein shake to begin with, but then got yelled at, it’s got a lot of superfoods in it, and seems very healthy based on the label. It only has 17 grams of protein, which is lower than my normal protein shake, but it’s low in calories and fat and has a decent amount of fiber in addition to the minerals and superfood additives. The taste is pretty good as well. No artificial sweetener taste, and no chalky after taste. I’ve been making mine with 16 oz of iced coffee, 1 frozen banana, 3 ice cubes, and 2 tsp of peanut butter each morning.

Vegetable soup and hard boiled eggs have been a daily "snack"--feels more like a meal, but I'm going with it.

Vegetable soup and hard boiled eggs have been a daily “snack”–feels more like a meal, but I’m going with it.

Lunches this week are blackened cod, string beans, and sweet potatoes.

Lunches this week are blackened cod, string beans, and sweet potatoes. I made enough cod for three days, and will prep some more fish when I run out. 

Chipotle inspired fajita bowls for dinner: Sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms with broiled steak or chicken.

Chipotle inspired fajita bowls for dinner: Sautéed peppers, onions, and mushrooms with broiled steak or chicken.

Hummus, carrots, and peanuts for snacks.

Hummus, carrots, and peanuts for snacks.

It’s a lot of eating!